Liquor licences

Types of liquor licences

Special event:

Licences for liquor service at one-time public or private events:

  • Community or commercial event, theatre, or food and wine fair
  • Private event for members and invited guests only

Class A:

Consists of two types of licences:

  • Minors allowed for the sale and consumption of liquor where food is the primary source of business,
  • Minors prohibited where liquor is the primary source of business.

Class B:

Licences are for the sale and consumption of liquor in locations where people pay an entrance or user fee or buy a ticket, such as a recreational facility, tourist facility, race track, sports stadium, convention centre, theatre, or certain types of transportation.

Class C:

Licences are for the sale and consumption of liquor within a facility that is not open to the public but is primarily for use of members such as a clubhouse.

Class D:

Licences are for the sale of liquor that will be consumed off-site, such as a retail liquor store or off-sales.

Class E:

Licences are for the manufacture of beer, wine, or spirits, such as a distiller, vintner, or brewer.

Liquor licence applications/objections

The AGLC Board will consider objections to a new licence within 21 days of posting for these types of applications:

  • All Class A, B, C, D, and E liquor licences for new premises
  • Existing licensed premises applying for more Class A, B, C, D, or E licences
  • Changes to the class of existing liquor licensees
  • Relocation of existing licensed premises

View a complete list of current Proposed Licence Applications.

Other objections

The AGLC will consider other objections to a licence under the:

You may send objections to:

Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission
Director, Compliance
50 Corriveau Avenue
St. Albert, AB T8N 3T5

email: Inspections.Mailbox@aglc.ca or contact Inspections at an AGLC office.

The AGLC does not regulate these factors, which are the responsibility of the municipality:

  • The number of liquor stores
  • The location of stores and space between stores
  • Matters that involve retail competition
  • Community image, safety, and property values

In this section

Class A

This licence is for liquor service in businesses open to the public. Examples: restaurants, pubs, nightclubs, and bars

Class B

Class B liquor licence is for liquor service when there is an entrance fee, e.g. recreation & sports facilities, convention centres, planes

Class C

Class C liquor licence is for liquor service within a facility that is not open to the public, e.g. a clubhouse for members' use.

Class D

A Class D liquor licence is for the sale of liquor people will consume in another location, e.g. purchased from a liquor store

Class E

This licence allows the manufacture of beer, wine, or spirits.

Special event licences: public and private

A licence allows liquor service at one-time public or private events.